Providence, R.I. • The daughter of a New Jersey woman whose casket contained the wrong body said Wednesday that DNA tests will be performed to determine if her mother was accidentally cremated in Canada.
Lisa Kondvar of Warwick, R.I., and her family discovered someone else's body in Margaret Porkka's casket last month at a New Jersey funeral home. Porkka, 82, had died unexpectedly during a trip to St. Maarten over Thanksgiving.
The family suspects Porkka's body was confused with that of a Canadian woman who died on the island around the same time, and was sent to Canada and cremated. Scott Aldridge, a detective in Barrie, Ontario, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the woman in Porkka's casket has been identified as 82-year-old Kathleen Togwell. Her body is being returned to Canada.